What’s up at Hopper Down Under

Googlers at HopperDownUnder

Social robotics, robots in hospitals, electronic textiles, space technology, human-centred design, smart cities, smartphones that can detect Alzheimer’s, getting girls into tech, tips to advance your career – get 800 women in technology together at Hopper Down Under and the topics of discussion are endless! We were there to hear about the latest exciting areas of work and research that’s literally changing the way we live.

Hopper Down Under

Hopper Down Under was the first event outside of the US to pull together hundreds of women who work in technology. Grace Hopper was a 20th century programmer, computer scientist and a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy. She developed one of the first programming languages, and came up with some important computer science concepts. Each year, thousands of women gather in the US for the Grace Hopper celebration, the world’s largest gathering of women technologists, held by the Anita B Foundation, named after another famous woman in computer science, Anita Borg. Anita Borg was an American programmer who worked on the Unix system, and started the Institute for Women in Technology and the first Grace Hopper celebration.

Hopper Down Under included men supporting women and women working in technology. This is the first event held by AnitaB anywhere overseas. Over 800 Australian women students and experts working in robotics, software engineering, space technology, urban design, medical technology, blockchain and more came together from July 29-30 2019 to share their knowledge and how they are working on the cutting-edge of technology – sometimes in areas so new that whole new career areas are being developed.

30 women in tech

Careers with STEM profiled 30 women from Hopper Down Under – here’s just a few talking about what they love about their job and their tips for girls who want to start their career in technology and engineering.

ANU student Priya

Priya: ANU student, Bachelor of Engineering & Commerce

Loves: Practical, hand-on experience of the degree, meeting amazing people.

Tips: Engage girls in primary and high school levels so they can see more role models in STEM.

Margarite Ganeva Software engineer

Margarita Ganeva: Software Engineer, Tyro payments

Loves: Working with smart people, being creative.

Tips: Be brave and don’t be afraid! Just do it!

Jen Doherty Scrum Master

Jen Doherty: Scrum Master, Cupid Media

Loves: Everyday I can help change the world by connecting people with their future partner.

Tips: Watch out for the imposter syndrome! It’s hard to feel like you belong but you do.

Celeste Carnegie program producer

Celeste Carnegie: program producer, Girl Geek Academy

Loves: It’s for women by women. I can find my girl gang and spark interest for girls in tech.

Tips: Build awareness, and take part in coding programs with non-traditional learning.

Eva Hopewell, IT student QUT

Eva Hopewell: IT student at QUT and proud Bundjalung woman

Loves: Working in a team, getting women and Indigenous youth into IT.

Tips: Address the gender stereotypes!

Heather Catchpole

Author: Heather Catchpole

Heather co-founded Careers with STEM publisher Refraction Media. She loves storytelling, Asian food & dogs and has reported on science stories from live volcanoes and fossil digs

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